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 Skipping breakfast may only add to your waistline

A new research says that instead of shedding kilos, people who don’t eat breakfast may end up loading their lunch and dinner plates and thus gobbling empty calories.

“There is no denying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” said Dr Jagmeet Madan, who heads the department of nutrition in SNDT Women’s University. But across the world, skipping breakfast is more common a habit than eating one.
The pitfalls of not having breakfast are now clear: the brain may order the body to make up for the loss in a rather unhealthy manner. As the recent research done at London’s Imperial College showed, volunteers who missed breakfast craved for fatty and sugary food. After looking at the MRI brain scans of 21 volunteers as they looked at various food items, the study established that people’s choice of lunch is decided by their breakfast. Scientists said missing breakfast leads to production of hormones that trigger the brain’s orbital frontal cortex, which controls taste buds, to seek sugary and fatty foods.

Worse, the study showed that those who missed breakfast eat almost 250 calories more at lunch than those who eat a healthy breakfast. “Skipping breakfast has a bearing on the body’s fat percentage and hormonal profile,” said Dr Madan.

 In fact, Indian studies have established that skipping breakfast tells on the waistline. A study done in New Delhi by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) compared students from government schools (who consumed breakfast daily) with private school students (who didn’t) and showed that overall prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents who consumed breakfast daily was lower than those who only sometimes or never consumed breakfast.
“Children who missed breakfast had a high body fat percentage than those who had regular breakfast. “If you eat a breakfast, you begin your day with higher energy levels. Studies have shown that people who missed breakfast can never really make up the nutritional deficiency through additional intake at other times of the day,” Dr Madan said.